Advanced Web Authoring

This short course in advanced web authoring will develop your expertise in creating and publishing professional quality websites, using an industry-standard web authoring tools. It will build on the HTML5 and CSS3 skills developed in Introduction to Web Authoring.

Indicative syllabus

  • Authoring tool basics: creating websites using range of techniques to ensure that websites can be maintained and conform to standards.
  • Libraries, stylesheets, templates.
  • Standards: HTML5, CSS3.
  • Browser differences.
  • Semantic structure.
  • Accessibility: optimising site accessibility, building accessible tables and forms in XHTML.
  • Management tools for publishing websites.
  • Tools: validation, accessibility and browser compatibility testing.


  • Birkbeck's Introduction to Web Authoring or equivalent.
  • Good knowledge of authoring with HTML and some knowledge of CSS.
  • Good knowledge of web design: colour theory, font management, page layout.

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

15 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    This short course has prerequisite(s). If you try to enrol on this short course without completing the prerequisite(s), you will not be able to complete your enrolment. Please contact us if you would like further information

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 16-Jan-18 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code BUCI051H5ACB
Availability Availability limited

This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.

First class: Thu 03-May-18 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code BUCI051H5BCB
Availability Availability limited

This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.